#094: Mic City Sons by Heatmiser

October 30, 2012

Another listener suggestion! This is one is a band both Tim and J are surprised they never got around to on their own. On episode #94 we're checking out the 1996 album Mic City Sons, the last by Heatmiser, after which co-leader Elliott Smith went on to carve out a well-respected if too short solo career. Mic City Sons shows off a different side to Smith, as well as shines the spotlight on his bandmate Neil Gust. We discuss that, why serial killers wouldn't enjoy Elliott Smith, and much more.

Make sure to listen to the beginning of the episode regarding a special announcement coming very soon.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Eagle Eye

4:25 - History of the Band

10:23 - Get Lucky

15:43 - Plainclothes Man

20:44 - Pop In G

Outro - See You Later

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#093: Luxury Plane Crash by Scarfo

October 23, 2012

It's another listener suggestion on episode #93, and this week we're checking out the 1997 album Luxury Plane Crash by Scarfo. Fronted by now half of the duo known as the The Kills, this short-lived Jamie Hince led trio pound out some big noise and catchy melodies. Their sound is hard to pin down, combing English elements of The Jam and Buzzcocks with American indie artists like Jawbox and the Pixies. So how does it all work together? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - ELO

1:58 - History of the Band

9:02 - Jet Smashed Flat

11:59 - Alkaline

14:08 - Prison Architect

20:02 - Pajo Gear

Outro - Lifeline

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#092: I Am An Elastic Firecracker by Tripping Daisy

October 16, 2012

We're back with another listener suggestion - this week we head down to Texas to check out Tripping Daisy and their 1995 album I Am an Elastic Firecracker. There are obvious comparisons to be made to bands like Jane's Addiction and The Flaming Lips. Tripping Daisy even managed to score their own version of an oddball hit single a la "She Don't Use Jelly" with the tune "I Got A Girl," but is there more to this band than one-hit wonder status? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Raindrop

2:23 - History of the Band

10:02 - Raindrop

12:15 - Rocketpop

16:11 - I Got A Girl

22:50 - Motivation

Outro - Prick

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#091: Diary by Sunny Day Real Estate

October 9, 2012

On episode #91 we're tackling one of the most influential albums of the 1990s - Sunny Day Real Estate debut release from 1994, Diary. Credited as a primary instigator of what would later be known as emo, Sunny Day Real Estate never like to stay in one moment too long; switching tempo, time signatures and volume at the drop of a hat. Somehow, the band manages to seamlessly combine elements of post-punk, progressive rock and grunge into one cohesive sound.

It's been eighteen years since it's initial release, and three years since the remastered re-release with bonus tracks, so the only question is - does Diary stand the test of time? And is the Batman Forever soundtrack a perfect time capsule for the mid-1990s?Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Seven

4:10 - History of the Band

15:56 - Seven

17:36 - In Circles

24:35 - Shadows

27:32 - 47

Outro - The Blankets Were the Stairs

Note: We apologize for the slightly garbled audio on Jason's end, the internet did not want to cooperate on this particular day.

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#090: Dope Box by Jack Drag

October 2, 2012

We're back with another listener suggestion, this week tackling the 1998 release Dope Box from Jack Drag. Of all the albums we've reviewed so far, Dope Box might be the most diverse (or schizophrenic), bouncing from Prodigy-esque big beats on one song, to mid-tempo Velvet Crush-like power pop on the next. There's a lot to like about this album, and a lot of befuddlement as well. Which side did we come down on? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Kung Fu Dub

2:59 - History of the Band

12:12 - Debutante

14:25 - Tall Buildings

16:32 - Seem So Tired

19:12 - Best Friend

21:57 - Surfin' the Charles

Outro - Where We Are

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